The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

Is social television next for Facebook?
Is social television next for Facebook?

Is social television next for Facebook? Or, maybe, just good ol’ television. One could certainly draw that inference judging from comments made February 1 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during the company’s Fourth Quarter 2016 earnings announcement. More video, he suggested, longer form video, more original video and original content. Hmmm, sounds like Netflix or […]

Messaging now on YouTube?
Messaging now on YouTube?

Google wants to try messaging now on YouTube? Oh hell, why not? Nearly all the major social platforms have messaging features. So many points of entry. So little time. But that hasn’t stopped Google from amplifying the already crowded text back-and-forth ecosystem by its test of a new messaging feature last week for Canadian YouTube […]

The app of my eye is changing before it
The app of my eye is changing before it

The app of my eye is changing before it – instant apps, that is; but certainly not like instant grits or oatmeal. Announced last spring at Google I/O, the internet overlord has begun a limited test of its new Android Instant Apps technology and if all goes according to plan the whole app ecosystem will […]

Search offline now and get results
Search offline now and get results

You can search offline now and get results (with Android) when your phone reconnects to the WWW and that is a big deal for digital marketing. Google started rolling out the new feature last week. “Whether you’re a commuter reading the news with a spotty network, a farmer looking up crop prices with no service […]

Google is now penalizing some sites with pop-ups
Google is now penalizing some sites with pop-ups

As promised back in the summer, Google is now penalizing some sites with pop-ups, those annoying ads or requests for newsletter sign-ups. Well, penalizing in search result pages – on mobile search requests – websites which automatically launch a pop-up upon landing. In other words, your website won’t get ranked very well (on the front […]

To be found online you must be mobile
To be found online you must be mobile

To be found online you must be mobile. That is the truth of today’s search results as Google continues rolling out its mobile-first indexing in search query results. And, oh by the way, if new customers or supporters are going to find you they are going to find you in search queries. What all this […]

How will consumers find us online in 2017?
How will consumers find us online in 2017?

How will consumers find us online in 2017? That’s the question most digital marketeers will want answered as we plow ahead into the new year. And, sure, there are niches and corners and special consumer audiences here and there (all over, actually) but one simple truth which can’t be ignored is this one: search. Most […]

Internet fake news – also known as a lie
Internet fake news – also known as a lie

Internet fake news – also known as a lie – may be the biggest digital news of 2016. What do about it all may become a primary focus of 2017. Or, put another way, 2017 may become the year we grow up on the internet and retrain ourselves to not be so gullible and, well, […]

Is your mobile effort working for you?
Is your mobile effort working for you?

Is your mobile effort working for you? Is your effort to reach customers and supporters effective with the mobile tools you use? Have you even realized, yet, you need to be gearing your digital marketing efforts toward mobile devices? So, what’s a marketeer to do? Quick answer: mobile. Longer answer: mobile. And the final answer […]